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  • Paperback: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Ludwig von Mises Institute; 1st edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933550244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933550244
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ron Paul, an eleven-term congressman from Texas, is the leading advocate of freedom in our nation's capital. He has devoted his political career to the defense of individual liberty, sound money, and a non-interventionist foreign policy. Judge Andrew Napolitano calls him "the Thomas Jefferson of our day." After serving as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force in the 1960s, Dr. Paul moved to Texas to begin a civilian medical practice, delivering over four thousand babies in his career as an obstetrician. He served in Congress from 1976 to 1984, and again from 1996 to the present. He and Carol Paul, his wife of fifty-one years, have five children, eighteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.Ron Paul, the New York Post once wrote, is a politician who "cannot be bought by special interests." "There are few people in public life who, through thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to their principles," added a congressional colleague. "Ron Paul is one of those few."

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95 of 98 people found the following review helpful By golgotha.gov on January 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
PILLARS OF PROSPERITY
by Dr. Ron Paul

I am very happy to review the latest book from Texas congressman Ron Paul. His last book, A Foreign Policy of Freedom, consisted of speeches regarding U.S. interventions from the 1970s to the present day. Similarly, this title collects a career's worth of writings on economics, monetary policy and trade. Economics might not sound like a very exciting topic but Dr. Paul has said many times that his interest in politics really started after he read The Road to Serfdom, which is about the dangers of a controlled economy. This book is published by the Mises Institute, whose founder Lew Rockwell provides a brief forward.

This book is quite extensive and has nine chapters. The first two are more about principles are less about the "nuts and bolts". In the first chapter, Dr. Paul connects capitalism with individual freedom. Government intervention into the economy diminishes our freedom in that it not only leaves us with less money to spend as we choose, but that it also funds policies which are often against the interests of the individual. I believe that chapter two is a direct reprint of an earlier book 'Mises and Austrian economics: A personal view', which is a straightforward explanation of the Austrian School and how Dr. Paul came to identify with Ludwig von Mises. Although economics can be difficult, I did not have any trouble making my way through these explanations.
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I absolutely love this book. His views of the economy are dead on but unfortunately I don't see a scenario where his policies and views will ever be taken completely seriously. The current economic policy of the US will eventually cause an economic collapse. The people who benefit most from currency debasement know this and are positioning their assets accordingly while still hyping the US dollar which is destined to fail under current policy. I just hope the publisher doesn't print too many copies of the book out of thin air and debase my book!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joao Cortez on March 24, 2009
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Finally, a man I would love to see as the president of the United States - the world would certainly be a more safer, peaceful, wealthy, prosperous and free! I would also be very glad if my country (Portugal) would take him as prime-minister!

Ron Paul is a strong constitutionalist and advocate for the free market, individual liberty, sound money, small government and small taxation. How the US Founding Fathers would feel ashamed today to observe what the government has become and how the constitution has been systematically violated and corrupted.

It's quite remarkable to see how Ron Paul has managed to stay so consistent, so perseverant, so determined to stand for the ideals of freedom against all the deficitary, inflationary, big spending, big meddling, highly interventionist, highly corrupt, highly corporatism form of US government.

The only downside of the book is that it's rather long, and it repeats itself several times (a proof of consistency :)).
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I'm relatively new to politics, and the 2008 election sparked my interest. Sadly, I did not support Ron Paul during this election. It was because I was naive, but more importantly, because I did not understand Ron Paul's positions. I have since wised up, and I sure hope he runs again.

The recent financial crisis flung me into many articles and books that I otherwise would not have read. As is obvious, the Austrian view is the only one that explains the 2008 financial crisis, let alone makes any sense. I starting reading articles on LRC, Mises and books such as Meltdown and Economics in One Lesson. After learning the truth about the Federal Reserve, I opted to read my first Ron Paul book: End the Fed. It was a brilliant and concise argument for sound money. I had never heard of free market money or the values of commodity-based money. Truth tends to ring true, but why didn't I learn these things earlier? Why didn't my own school at least MENTION this free-market view of money? Why, with all the attention I paid to the '08 campaign, did I not know more about Ron Paul's history and positions? I dug deeper. I then read The Revolution: A Manifesto. Admittedly, there were some facts I was hesitant to accept, mostly regarding foreign policy. It took a bit longer, but Ron Paul has fully convinced me.

This book contains statements and positions of Ron Paul's since the late 1970's. It's stunning that a "politician" is so consistent and principled. Especially in light of what all of these government interventions of done to country and economy, it's amazing to see how RIGHT Ron Paul has been for so long. He's warned us for decades about what would happen and nobody seems to listen. This book will convince you more then ever that peace and prosperity come through liberty.
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